Horst Faas, retired Associated Press senior photo editor for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, looks at his retrospective at the Couvent des Minimes in Perpignan, southern France, during the Visa pour l'Image, the 20th International Festival of Photojournalism, Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. Image © AP Photo / Laurent Rebours.
Horst Faas died on Thursday afternoon, says his daughter Clare Faas. He was 79.
Faas started his photographic career in 1951, and joined Associated Press in 1956, becoming one of the agency's most famous war photographers. He covered the wars in Vietnam, Laos, Congo and Algeria.
In 1965, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his images of the Vietnam War.
"Faas carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world's legendary photojournalists in nearly half a century with The Associated Press," says the news agency.
In this March 19, 1964 file photo, one of several shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas which earned him the first of two Pulitzer Prizes, a father holds the body of his child as South Vietnamese Army Rangers look down from their armored vehicle. The child was killed as government forces pursued guerrillas into a village near the Cambodian border. Image © AP Photo / Horst Faas.
In this April 1969 file photo shot by Associated Press photographer Horst Faas, a South Vietnamese woman mourns over the body of her husband, found with 47 others in a mass grave near Hue, Vietnam. Image © AP Photo/Horst Faas, File.
In this undated file photo, Associated Press photographer Horst Faas is shown on assignment in South Vietnam. Image © AP Photo/File.
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